An overview of the MBTI
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality assessment that can either be administered by a certified professional, or through the MBTI website for a fee. A shorter, free version of the test, as well as explanations, can be found through 16personalities. The MBTI analyzes four categories of the takers personality. These categories are introversion vs. extroversion, sensing vs. intuition, thinking vs. feeling, and perceiving vs. judging.
- Introversion vs. Extroversion looks at where people get, and focus their energy.
- According to 16personalities, this facet of the assessment “determines the degree of interaction with the outer world.” An introverted personality gains more energy from being alone (not necessarily all the time) and and extroverted personality gain energy from interacting with other people.
- Sensing vs. Intuition looks at how people get their information.
- 16personalities also explains about this facet, “a decision is only as good as the understanding that backs it.” A sensing personality uses their physical senses (hear, taste, touch, see, smell) in acquiring information about their environment. An intuitive personality looks instead at the patterns and messages of their environment when acquiring information.
- Thinking vs. Feeling looks at how people make decision, and how they deal with emotions.
- “There are significant differences in how we react to [feelings],” according to 16personalities in their explanation. A thinking personality uses facts, pros and cons, and logic to make decisions, regardless of emotion. A feeling personality uses personal values, as well as, the viewpoint of others to make decisions.
- Perceiving vs. Judging looks at how people view and react to life around them.
- 16personalities also explains this facet as a, “scale [that] determines our attitude towards certainty and structure in our lives.” A judging personality likes to make decisions, and having control. A perceiving personality prefers spontaneity in their life.
User Friendliness of the MBTI Assessment
The MBTI is intended for multiple types of users including:
- Personal users
According to the official Myers Briggs website the assessment can be used for many reasons including relationships, careers, education, spirituality, and in the workplace. The largest users of the MBTI, though, are corporations. Elena Bajic in a Forbes article wrote, “80% of Fortune 100 companies rely on these types of tests.”
High Popularity Since 1940s
Carl G. Jung published his book, Psychological Types, in 1921 describing personality. He claimed that a ones personality was either introverted or extroverted, and from there the personality had four functions, sensing, intuition, thinking, and feeling. This concept was a new idea in the realm of personality psychology. In 1944, Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katherine Cook Briggs published the MBTI, which expanded on Jung’s concept, creating sixteen possible personality types instead of Jung’s eight. In 1975, the Center for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT) started research on the MBTI and continues to do so today. Since then, multiple new editions have been released on the MBTI, and according to MBTI’s publisher, Consulting Psychologists Press, “As many as 1.5 million assessments are administered annually.”
For readers who have taken the Myers Briggs Type Indicator Assessment (MBTI), what was your experience with the test? Did you agree with the results?